‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Star John Schneider Talks Cast and Crew Feeling Like ‘Family’

by Quentin Blount
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We know that a lot of you Outsiders grew up watching the Dukes of Hazzard. So, hearing John Schneider talk about his fellow cast and crew as a family is definitely nostalgia-inducing.

Let’s make no mistake about it — John Schneider will likely always be viewed as Bo Duke from his time on The Dukes of Hazzard. To his credit, however, he is much more than just a talented actor. He also put together an extremely successful career as a country singer. Since the early 1980s, Schneider has released 18 singles, nine studio albums, and he even has his very own greatest hits package.

There’s no question, though, that all of Schneider’s success began when he first landed the role as Bo Duke in Dukes of Hazzard. He was just 18 years old at the time. In total, the show aired 147 episodes across seven different seasons from 1979 to 1985. During that time, Schneider bonded very closely with all of his fellow actors.

“The interesting thing about Dukes is that if we run into any of the other actors, it’s great,” Schneider explained in a 2013 interview. I “But also by the same token, if we run into any of the stunt people or if we run into any of the grips, the gaffers, anybody that worked on Dukes, there was a family feeling there that exists to this day, some 20-something years later.”

“I’m not sure why everybody on Dukes of Hazzard is still so close,” he said.

Other ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Stars Speak About Family on Set

It wasn’t just John Schneider that got a warm, fuzzy feeling when he was on the set of Dukes of Hazzard. As a matter of fact, Schneider’s right-hand man, Tom Wopat (played Luke Duke in the series), felt the exact same way.

“We bonded together in a way that very few casts did,” Wopat said.

Wopat explained how he and Schneider grew especially close to their stunt doubles.

“Paul Baxley was our coordinator,” he said. “Gary, his nephew, doubled me in a lot of stuff. And Craig, his son, doubled John. So, we got to know them very well. It was a very nice relationship.”

As for actress Catherine Bach, she, of course, played the one and only Daisy Duke.

“Everybody was a star on our show,” Bach recalled. “Everybody was recognized for what they did, and everybody did their very best job. We all sort of started in the business together.”

She also gave credit to not only her fellow actors and actresses for creating an enjoyable environment but also the entire crew.

“We had the most wonderful cameramen, the most wonderful cinematographers, and wonderful stunt group.”

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